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2012 running stats

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

2012 final stats…..the races are from memory, there were probably more.

Count: 164 Activities
Distance: 964.40 mi
Time: 149:49:28 h:m:s
Elevation Gain: 14,080 ft
Avg Speed: 6.4 mph
Avg HR: 155 bpm
Avg Run Cadence: 82 spm
Calories: 119,378 C
Avg Distance: 5.88 mi

I lost my thumb drive that had my race schedule, pictures and my life on it.. :-( …..but I think there were
1 full marathon
5 half marathons
2 – 15k’s
4 – 10ks
1 – 4 miler
1 – 5 miler
1 – 223 miler (ok, this was the Capital to Coast relay, lol)

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BERGBA7 1/2/2013 7:17AM

    Wohoooo.... need to do that next year and see how my stats will be :-)

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LEANNROCKS 1/2/2013 4:32AM

    emoticon MORE than impressive!

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A-DAY-AT-A-TIME 1/1/2013 10:46PM

  I hope to be like you next year. You had a fantastic year. May it continue. emoticon

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IRONMAN4LIFE 1/1/2013 4:33PM

    Very impressive mate!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 1/1/2013 1:55PM

    Wow Jerome. I need to gather my stats and see how I did.i would be so upset if I lost my data storage. I keep a paper journal, so that helps.

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FAITH__IN__ME 1/1/2013 1:17PM

    It sounds like a really great year. I just bought a running log, I plan to run a lot this year and ENJOY it. :) I might be able to post a sweet post like this next year. I hope you find your drive, that's super upsetting... is there a backup somewhere?!

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Steps in the right direction

Saturday, December 29, 2012

This was originally posted on my personal blog, but felt I needed to share

Steps in the right direction

Dec 28th, 2012

Today is my 3rd anniversary of the day I start my journey. I posted a before/after picture on FB with the hopes of motivating others. I got a couple questions in my inbox today that I felt were blog worthy. I’m sure there were others who thought about these questions, but didn’t have the nerve to ask, THAT’S OK! I hope that by sharing this we might reach another person or two.

Here is one of the questions that I have paraphrased. The other question was basically the same question, different words, different sex, but same basic content.

“Jerome, hey, it’s __________. How did you get yourself motivated to get started on your healthful journey? I have become obese and have zero motivation. I have no energy to even play with my kids.. All I want to do is stay at home and self medicate with food. Its been a rough road……. Got any words of encouragement for someone who can’t even face the day because they can’t fit into anything? Lol. Thanks.”

HOW can I NOT respond to that?!?!?!

Hey there – great to hear from you, you are honestly the second person to ask nearly the same question today. I’ll do the best I can to answer. IF I don’t answer….PLEASE ask again….keep coming back…use me to help you, that is my passion and drive in life really.

I was nearly morbidly obese, couldn’t walk up stairs, slept all the time at home, no energy, grumpy, useless is how I felt. Sound familiar? The decision is very personal for everybody and sometimes I think we nearly have to hit bottom before we are ‘ready’ for the change.

First thing I would ask you to try and do is simply narrow your picture a little bit. Right now you are seeing EVERYTHING…life…children….divorce…bills…AL
L of it is totally overwhelming to you. Just like the thought of you getting up and going for a walk, overwhelming to you. (I’m hitting the nail on the head, right?) Narrow your scope a little, try to change the way you look at things so that picture is not so big and overwhelming. Easier said then done and some days will be better than others I know, but that is a huge step in the right direction.

Now that we may have narrowed the picture and broken LIFE down into smaller segments, you can start to think about other areas. Your relationship with food can and will kill you, if it’s not healthy. Our relationship with food is meant to be a healthy relationship, FUELING our body, NOT filling our body. Using food to medicate as you said is a huge problem across the country and is a very difficult battle to fight, I’m not gonna lie. It’s an addiction, right? It’s really no different than drugs. I would ask you to make ONE small change in your diet. ONE small change in how you treat and look at food. Do you plan a weekly menu or eat off the cuff? How long do you think it would take to plan a menu and only purchase the items you needed for THAT menu only? Do you buy ‘junk food’ and have it in the house? What about Soda’s? Do you drink soda? How much, is it in the house? I ask that you pick ONE item and change it. Again, not thinking BIG picture yet, think about ONE small change that you CAN do to create success. Do ONE thing that you can feel GOOD ABOUT not only for you, but for your family

Lastly – go look at your daughter….then go look in the mirror.

You deserve to be healthy
your children deserve a healthy parent
your children deserve to have a parent who is ALIVE
YOU deserve to be HAPPY
YOU deserve to have a body that is treated as God INTENDED…… to live, FULLY ALIVE….not abused
Sorry if this went off the deep end for you. it’s SCARY…I know…I’ve been there!

How can I help?

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SUZIEQ1961 12/31/2012 7:40AM

    I was thinking of asking you that same did you take that first step? Thank you for sharing...I had decided a few weeks ago that today was going to be my Day 1. I'm scared, overwhelmed and anxious all at the same time. Wish me the courage this is going to take! Thanks for sharing all of your experiences.

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ANNESYLVIA 12/29/2012 8:12PM

    congratulations on emoticon

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WANT2BHEALTHY11 12/29/2012 4:26PM

    Great blog!!! Thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHUBRUB3 12/29/2012 3:11PM

    Thank you Jerome for sharing this. It touches my heart and areas so close to me that I feel I really needed to read this today.

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LILY_SPARK 12/29/2012 2:04PM

    This is a wonderful post, thanks for sharing that! I'll get out of shape and as you put it 'medicate' with food, too -- and people who know me say I'm the healthiest (ha! if they only knew all my inherited diseases!) person they know.

My motivation is based upon fear. I don't like thinking of it that way but yeah. I don't want to be bed-ridden. I don't want to go through the surgeries my family have. My body cannot do (and can't get better, as they say, it's is what it is) some things but what it CAN DO? I'll fight for! I kind of think it's easier for me cos I'm scared.

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Spark Radio Interview - SO MUCH FUN

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

This was SO MUCH FUN!!

I got to be on SparkRadio with Lily and Karen, such great gals and I had a blast!

I got to share a little of my story and part of my life with them in the process. This is something that I would love to do again! Check it out with the link below. It's only 8 minutes.

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JMADAMS3 1/3/2013 12:54PM

    Jerome - I just listened to your Spark Interview! You did a great job - I loved how you are focused and have a goal and purpose and that this is what kept you going! Keep on inspiring us!!!
You said you just posted a video. WHERE IS THE VIDEO?

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LUCKYDOGFARM 12/31/2012 9:55PM

    Woohoo Jerome!

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HARROWJET 12/29/2012 4:17PM

    I just listened to your interview. Thank you for sharing your enthusiasm.

Judy emoticon

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CELIAMINER 12/27/2012 11:18AM

    Love the interview! I usually answer the "How?" question with "I ate less and exercised more," and watch the asker's eyes glaze over. Then I add the info about SP with its social support and the four pillars of nutrition, fitness, wellness, and motivation, adding that I've found what works for me.

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WANT2BHEALTHY11 12/26/2012 11:12PM

    Great job!!!!!! So encouraging to hear how you are influencing your family also. emoticon emoticon

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DIANE7786 12/26/2012 10:33PM

    . emoticon Congratulations on your weight loss success. Your interview is great. I especially like how your new, healthy habits encouraged your daughter to run. Wishing you and your family continued success.

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Excited/Scared all at the same time

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Originally posted on my Personal Blog

December 26th, 2012

I started a new job today with DR Horton Homes. Really it’s the same job I’ve done for more than a decade, on steroids. I’ve been primarily an email engineer, until now. Now I get to put my hands in all sorts of servers, apps, platforms, etc and get my hands as dirty as I want……………..well, as dirty as my keyboard will get them anyway.

On my way home tonight I got to thinking about my day. I was SO excited to start this job, there are many reasons why. I was also very nervous and honestly still am a little bit about what lies ahead. The unknown sort of nervous, can I learn it all, can I keep motivated to learn it all, will I want to give up or keep moving forward with this adventure?

HOW ironic is it that this is EXACTLY like the journey I’ve been on for almost three years now. When I took my health back I was excited, scared, worried, freaked out, cool, calm, collected and all of the above happened in the first hour. :-) HOW is it that both the journey from FAT to FIT and the journey of a new job are so relate-able? Because both of these involve change. Let’s face it, people don’t like change. Change is scary. Scared that we will fail…..scared we might not make it, just scared.

How do we know IF WE DO NOT TRY?? If we don’t try in LIFE….WORK…..FAMILY…..RELATIONSHIPS…..what
ever is might be, how do we know what we can and can’t do??

Don’t be scared….just go forth and DO, you might surprise yourself at what you are really capable of.

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SUZIEQ1961 12/31/2012 7:28AM

    Great outlook. I had decided that today was the day that I truly started my fitness journey. You summed up my thoughts and feelings so accurately in this blog.

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JANETRIS 12/27/2012 4:47PM

    Well put Jerome...thanks for writing what many of us are thinking! emoticon

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CELIAMINER 12/27/2012 11:09AM

    Your blog really captured what I feel! Although I had my doubts about successful weight loss when I started SP, after I began to see positive changes, and the program was humming along smoothly, I started looking at other areas of my life. I set goals to declutter, and even if I didn't get the house in shape, I'm so much further along than I would be if I'd never started. Next year, I'm adding financial goals. Who knows what's next?

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MYLAUREN2 12/26/2012 10:52PM

    good luck with your new job

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TXGRANDMA 12/26/2012 9:33PM

    Best of luck to you! I see that we are nearly neighbors. Heard your segment on Spark Radio and decided to look you up.............You are truely an inspiration! emoticon

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ONMYMEDS 12/26/2012 9:10PM

    Nice blog!

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FRANCIEVW 12/26/2012 9:07PM

    Thanks and I hope your first week at your new job is great!

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SPARKLE1908 12/26/2012 9:06PM

    Great blog!! Congratulations on your new position!!!!

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ITSMATT 12/26/2012 8:43PM

    Good blog post!

Make it a great day!

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CTURCOTTE 12/26/2012 8:33PM

    WELL SAID! emoticon

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2 year maintenance video

Thursday, December 20, 2012

December 10th, 2012 was my 2 year anniversary of hitting my 100 pounds lost mark. I made this video in celebration of that!!

My hope is that you will find this video inspiring or give you HOPE, and all that comes with that. NO matter where you are in your journey, NEVER GIVE UP! It is a daily struggle, some days are better than others, but it is a struggle. Is it worth the struggle, YES!! Living FULLY ALIVE is SO much better than what I experienced the 10 or 12 years before I started this journey!


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MRSGOAT9699 2/14/2013 11:50AM

    Watching the video, I cried tears of pure joy for you. I know what its like to be where you started, and I'm learning what it takes to change my life. Change is hard, but you are another testament to the fact it can be done. Thank you for sharing! emoticon

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FISHER011 1/23/2013 3:38AM

Thank you for sharing! You're inspiring!
As I watched your video I cried, laughed & felt so much joy knowing that I too can overcome my self imposed limitations.
Congrats are on your loss & maintaining it!
You are a great inspiration! emoticon

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MASE72 1/21/2013 12:52PM

    Great Job! emoticon emoticon

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TORTISE110 1/19/2013 7:01AM

    Just watched this a second time. So great!

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_LINDA 1/18/2013 6:59PM

    emoticon m emoticon emoticon emoticon
Congratulations on two years maintenance and many more to come!
Way to rock it!

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MARCOSMASTER 1/18/2013 5:00PM

    That was amazing, I know your family and you are so proud, lots of work but worth it all! emoticon

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DOUBLEMME 1/18/2013 4:32PM


I lost 115 pounds but for me it is not enough.
I am 188 cm high and I have still to manage 22 kilos (i.e. 48,5 pounds) of overweight.
I share most of your hopes and motivations.
Thanks for your inspiring video.
All the best in your fully alive 2013!


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TORTISE110 1/18/2013 6:45AM

    Fabulous! Thx for sharing your success.

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BROWNCOFIDDLER 1/17/2013 10:14PM

    Fabulous vlog!! So inspirational and uplifting!! Congrats to you for your great accomplishments and for choosing LIFE. Nothing feels as good as getting healthy again and living life to it's fullest. It's wonderful that your family is involved too. Such a great story you have!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARYELLEN301 1/17/2013 8:13PM

    Extremely terrific!! Great music as well. Keep it up. You are an inspiration.

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WATERMELLEN 1/17/2013 8:11PM

    Super inspiring blog: love the "family focus" and the conclusion asking how you can help.

You've helped a lot of people by making this blog!!

And: yes, living life fully alive is worth it! Whatever it takes!!

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POPSY190 1/17/2013 4:56PM

    Great vlog. I love the superman image!

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THOMS1 1/17/2013 4:11PM

    So very inspiring!!Thank You!

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_JODI404 1/17/2013 2:41PM

    You are an awesome inspiration!! You did a fantastic job making a very impacting and moving video!

emoticon on 2 years of successful maintenance!

I have ZERO doubt that you will *absolutely* be a lifetime maintainer!!

Well done my friend! You ROCK!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PRESBESS 1/17/2013 12:49PM

    You did it! You made it happen and is still making it happen! From one Sparkie to another... I'm proud of you! Keep up the good work!

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VTRICIA 1/17/2013 12:15PM

    Thank you so much for putting this together! I'll have to watch it again when the kids are home.

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HANSBRINK 1/17/2013 11:31AM

  Inspiring! Congratulations for the initial decision and on your success.

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SUSIEMT 1/17/2013 10:57AM

    Darn it all! I was not going to cry today but you made me cry! Keep up the good work!You did such a good job with your video but the crowning touch was the music. Well done my friend!

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MEXGAL1 1/17/2013 9:47AM

    Oh my goodness...this just made me cry. So very inspirational. I love that you are such a great role model for your family. So good that they supported you and continue to participate in your healthy lifestyle.
Keep up the good work. I love the video!

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XRAYLADY65 1/17/2013 9:03AM

    congratul;ations.... awesome blog... you have always been so supporting and inspriational... believe it or not i look forward to your "likes" on my activity feed.... really makes me feel like someone is actually watching over me... thanky ou

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SLENDERELLA61 1/17/2013 8:51AM

    Wonderful vBlog!! Great story! You have come so far. Forever.-Marsha

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BROOKLYN_BORN 1/17/2013 7:42AM

    Congratulations! Great story!

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ANNIEONLI 1/17/2013 6:52AM

    Awesome man!!! Congrats on the 2 years in Maintenance!!!
Keep up the good work!!!

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FITMOMINNJ 1/17/2013 6:31AM

    Incredible story!!

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NUOVAELLE 1/17/2013 5:50AM

    Congratulations! I'm sure your family is proud of you and happy for you.
Keep inspiring other people to follow in your footsteps!

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LEOLARSON1 1/17/2013 4:27AM

    Great story man, it is so great to have someone willing to share like that. Getting me pumped up for the gym :-)

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MAREE1953 1/17/2013 4:20AM

    Wow! I am amazed by your talent in creating this video, and at your accomplishment and commitment. I will be sharing it with a few friends!

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ON2VICTORY 12/31/2012 5:21PM

    Thanks for posting Jman!

Dude, you have come a looooooooong way!

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ROXTRY 12/30/2012 2:08AM

    Very much enjoyed your video and SP radio interview. emoticon

Congratulations on all your successes! Thank you for sharing. You are an inspiration.

Continued success and the happiest of holidays to you and yours. emoticon

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1FAVOREDLADY 12/28/2012 6:58PM

    Wow, is all I can say!

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PHOENIX1949 12/27/2012 3:43AM

    Blog I need to visit in moments of weakness. Thanks for sharing.

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WONDERFUL2BME 12/26/2012 6:14AM

Thank you so much for sharing this video. I have not done as well as I wanted to but your video is inspiring me to just put one foot in front of the other and do it. I know I can do this. I have seen results of doing this but I lost my motivation for a month and a half. Even with the lost motivation I was conscious of what I was doing at all times which is something I was not before. I read a story in the Peaceful Warrior. It went something like this regarding be conscious.

1. Walking along, falls in hole, takes a long time to find my way out.
2. Walking along, remembers there is a hole somewhere but not sure where, falls in hole, takes a long time to find my way out.
3. Walking along, remembers where the hole is, falls in any way, quicker to get out.
4. Walking along, stops at the hole, chooses to fall in, immediately gets out.
5. Walking along, remembers there is a hole, chooses a different path.

I am ready to choose a different path.

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SUZIEQ1961 12/25/2012 11:19PM

    Amazing!!! You should be so very proud of your accomplishments! I watched your video, knowing I have about 75 lbs to lose and feeling like it is an impossible task....but you did maybe..just maybe I can do it too! Thank you for sharing your journey and inspiring the rest of us. Merry Christmas to you and yours...God Bless.

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CASE4GRACE 12/24/2012 1:45PM

    I don't think I can even find adequate words to tell you how inspiring this video is...absolutely incredible! You are blazing a trail for many others to follow...I am one of them. Thank you!


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CAMSEDGE 12/24/2012 10:58AM

    You are an inspiration and your video is well done. Thank you for sharing.

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GODS_TEMPLE 12/23/2012 11:33PM

    Thanks for making the video and sharing your journey. You are an inspiration to the rest of us!

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BELDONDOG1 12/23/2012 11:31AM

    Congratulations on your weight loss and this beautiful and inspiring vlog!!!
Hopefully, I will be able to pick up just a little of your motivation and your mindset. Thanks for sharing this! The best of the holidays to you and yours!!

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IOWAGRAMMA 12/23/2012 12:33AM

    Oh, my... emoticon emoticon and thank you for sharing your story!

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PURPLE180 12/22/2012 10:09PM

    I am so happy that you are my emoticon . You are emoticon , you do know that, right? emoticon

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SCOUTMOM715 12/22/2012 9:56PM

    emoticon video. Congrats on 2 yrs of maintaining. Just what I needed to see today. Maintaining is hard work! emoticon

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MOMFAN 12/22/2012 9:09PM

    emoticon So much on the maintenance. I lost 100 pounds in 2009 and have gained it all and more back. I didn't have a plan for maintaining and let life rob me of my successes. Finally starting to care again about myself. Keep up the great job!!

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MINDYJ1 12/22/2012 6:36PM

    Awesome blog! I just lost my brother in law last night. He was extremely overweight. He was only 54. As far as we know his body just gave out. I told my husband that this should be a big wake up call for me and him both. Thanks for posting this.

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WANT2BHEALTHY11 12/22/2012 3:28PM

    I so needed to see this video today!!! Thank you so much for sharing it. Congratulations on your success!!!! You look great and I know you feel amazing!!! Take care and have a Blessed day. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JAZZID 12/21/2012 5:17PM

    emoticon ... thanks so much for posting this video. I need constant reminders that I can achieve my goals, and seeing others succeed really inspires and motivates me to emoticon even harder!

Your video is going to help so many others. Thank you for sharing your journey and continued success to you and your family!

~ Dee emoticon

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LOVELIKEWOAH 12/21/2012 5:06PM

    Inspiring :) You've accomplished so much :)

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 12/21/2012 7:22AM

    That's fantastic! It brought tears to my eyes knowing how you changed your life for your family. Congratulations on your success = )

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AWOOD1973 12/21/2012 3:38AM

    Super video diary of your life in the making! Your wife and kids should be sooo proud! What a family affair! Great job with your maintenance on your weight loss! Very inspirational!! emoticon emoticon

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ANDREA0301 12/20/2012 9:57PM

    AWESOME inspiration!!!

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